This rare and striking map represents a celebration of the recent completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, with bright hand coloring and a panoramic view at top titled “From the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.”
The map includes a lot of detailed information, including side columns that give population statistics and brief descriptions of states and territories. An inset of Central America is found at bottom left. Relief is displayed using hachures; see for example the lovely representation of the West Indies.
Many railroad lines, both planned and completed, criss-cross the country. A fabulous wheel of clocks is indicative of the central role played by railroads in the standardization of time in the United States, which would take place ten years after publication of this map, at the General Time Convention of October 1883.
Complete with original marbled boards folder, which was issued for the sale of the map in Germany, with original front cover label: “Der Amerikanische Continent. Nuesten topographische und Eisenbahn-Karte Vereinigten Staaten, Britischen Besitzungen, Westindien, Mexico & Central-America. Aus der Artistischen Anstalt von Haasis & Lubrecht in New-York. Stuttgart. Im Debit Bei Wilhelm Lubrecht, Jun. 1873.”